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It was a smooth flight from freshman starter to sophomore standout and early University of Florida commit in the first two seasons of John Mooney's high-school basketball career.

But the Lake Brantley big man, who agreed to a scholarship offer from Gators coach Billy Donovan before beginning his 10th-grade season, hit turbulence before taking off this year. Mooney underwent a summer appendectomy, was sidelined by mononucleosis as school started, and then suffered an ankle sprain that knocked him out of the first five games of the season.

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"It was tough," Mooney said of the traumatic tripleheader.

So is he.

The 6-foot-9 forward scored 29 points and grabbed 13 rebounds on Saturday as unranked Lake Brantley (12-4) won 81-70 over Sentinel Super 16 No. 12 Lake Highland Prep (12-6) in the opening game of the Showdown at O-Town at Orlando Christian Prep.

"I'm 100 percent and the team is playing great," Mooney said. "It's been all team wins lately."

Teammates were looking for Mooney against a Highlanders team short on size. He hit on strong drives and soft touch shots, and knocked down a 3-pointer as part of a 17-2 Brantley run that broke the game open.

"John knew we were going to him and he had to work," said Patriots coach Mike Cuff. "This was a big win for us. I told the guys we're tough in Seminole County, we want to be tough in Central Florida."

Three powers that were up-and-down in December — OCP, Dr. Phillips and Windermere Prep — elevated their games in impressive victories.

Host OCP (11-7), which toppled No. 1 6A Lake Minneola on Thursday, stayed hot with a 64-60 win vs. Kissimmee Osceola (16-3). Josh Raoul scored 26 points in the victory.

Dr. Phillips (10-7) derailed an 11-game winning streak by First Academy (16-3) by beating the Royals 69-55. David Stephen, Chaundee Brown and Jonathan Laurent combined for 58 points.

Windermere Prep (10-7) pulled out a 69-66 win against. Oviedo (14-4) thanks to a do-it-all effort by 6-4 senior Isaiah Curry (20 points, 15 rebounds).

"On the big stage, that was his best game," Lakers coach Ben Wilson said.

No. 7 2A Faith Christian (13-3) beat Class 8A Winter Park 56-44 with seniors Julian Pina and Jeff Huff combining for 39 Lions points.

"We knew we had to do it defensively," Lions coach Tony Medina said.

Lake Minneola (14-3) routed Daytona Beach Father Lopez 82-46 as twins Avery and Anthony Brown combined for 34 points and Marcus Dodson dealt seven assists.

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Here are the summaries for all six games:

Lake Brantley 81, Lake Highland Prep 70

Buzz: John Mooney had 29 points and 13 rebounds and Jordan Bates added 23 points to lead Lake Brantley (12-4). Freshmen Nick Honor and Jose Placer scored 25 and 22 points, respectively, for Lake Highland (12-6). Jaren Lewis added 13 in the loss.

Lake Minneola 82, Daytona Beach Father Lopez 46

Buzz: Twin brothers Avery and Anthony Brown scored 20 and 14 points, respectively, for the Hawks (14-3). Marcus Dodson added 11 and 7 assists in the win. Malik Maitland scored 19 and Richard Perez 11 for Lopez (10-9).

Faith Christian 56, Winter Park 44

Buzz: Julian Pina scored 20 points and Jeff Huff posted 19 for Faith (13-3). Elijah Farley scored 12 and Austin Goodluck 11 for the Wildcats (13-6).

Windermere Prep 69, Oviedo 66

Buzz: Isaiah Curry had 20 points and 15 rebounds for Windmere Prep (10-7). Michael Stones added 16 points and Parker Davis 15. Matt Milon scored 21 and Qua Harper 15 for Oviedo (14-4).

Orlando Christian Prep 64, Kissimmee Osceola 60

Buzz: Josh Raoul scored 26 points and Robert Aviles 14 for OCP (11-7). Tevin Florent had 16, Will Vidot 13 and  Cortez Edwards 12 for Osceola (16-3).

Dr. Phillips 69, First Academy 55

Buzz: David Stephen scored 22 points, Chaundee Brown 19 and Jonathan Laurent 18 for DP (10-7). Gerrell Dickson had 18 points, 9 rebounds and 7 blocked shots for TFA (16-3). Fletcher Magee added 15 points for the Royals.

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